It’s been a relaxing Labor Day long weekend in Melbourne which seems to have quickly overcome the CBD fights on Saturday night. I’ve always known the Swanston/Flinders st corner to be a puddle of scummy bogans but this was the first time I’ve experienced a kid who had to be 14-16 jumping in my path up into my face screaming ‘boo!’. Yup bright future, kid.
For a Monday of non-achievement when golf looked like a 1 hour wait to tee off, the next best thing was to grab some ribs and wine. Off to Ribs & Burgers on Glenferrie Rd for a whole rack of hot chilli lamb ribs ($27.50), a beef short-rib naked burger ($16.50) aka the gaijin version of san choi bao, and a wee tub of fine onion shreds. The hot chilli marinade does pack some punch but fades out quickly. The rack is cut into thirds and would be suitable for 3 people. The meat is nicely cooked, could be slow cooked further for a softer texture, but is nice nonetheless. The 8 hour slow-cooked beef short rib is lathered in a sweet tangy bbq sauce. I found this on the sweeter side, and the chimmichurri didnt quite break that up. The texture of the short rib was very good.
When you got all that rich meat flavours, you need something just as robust to end the night. I’m having the Torzi Matthews 2013 Frost Dodger shiraz. The 11th vintage of this 18 year old single vineyard Eden Valley shiraz is a stellar wine considering the poor winter rains and low cropping levels. Made with the appassimento menthod to really intensify the fruit sugars, 35% whole bunch ferment by natural yeasts, hand plunged and basket pressed. 30% of the wine sees new French and Hungarian 500litre oak barrels for 20 months, the rest age in seasoned French 225litre oak barrels. Deep purple colour with a dark ruby edge. Lifted youthful nose, dense with notes of blackcurrant liquor, black olive, savoury minerality, anise, aged peppercorns. Rich fruit forward wine, well balanced by the softer tannins and the 14.5% alc hiding somewhere in the folds. Dark plums, blackcurrants, ripe berry fruit flavours. This will be an interesting wine to follow over the next 7+ years. <5000 bottles produced. $40.